Following a meeting in New York on Tuesday between the NFL and the NFL players’ association, a statement was released indicating there is no change in policy regarding the national anthem.
The statement reports that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reached out to NFL Player’s Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and they both agreed to attend league meetings next week.
The agenda for the meeting next week will be a continuation of how to make progress on the important issues that the players have vocalized.
The statement concludes, “Everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military, and we are coming together to deal with these issues in a civil and constructive way.”
The topic of standing for the national anthem before NFL games has become a widely debated and heated issue in the U.S. over the past year.
Last month, during a rally in Alabama U.S. President Donald Trump stoked the flame when he called NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem S.O.B.’s who should be fired from the NFL.
The NFL manual states that that players “should” stand during the national anthem but falls short of requiring players to stand.
The first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem last year was Colin Kaepernick, a former quarterback from the San Francisco 49 Niners, who remains a free agent this season and still hasn’t been signed to play on an NFL team.
Kaepernick filed a grievance on Sunday, claiming that NFL owners colluded to keep him from being signed by an NFL team.
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